alien or not?

Jim Mason Jim at
Mon Aug 26 10:42:48 EDT 2002

alien or not?Holland's book (1903) shows two different species of Atteva.  But on the Natureserve web site, the genus is listed as monotypic with that species name (punctella).  I found no mention of point of origin, but it reasonable to presume it followed its host plant into North America.  Nice picture!  What was the camera used to take it?

Jim Mason, Naturalist
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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Woody Woods 
  To: Leps-l 
  Sent: Friday, August 23, 2002 11:01 AM
  Subject: alien or not?

  A friend found this Ailanthus Webworm moth (Fred SaintOurs is pretty sure it's Atteva punctella-- do you agree?). It was on an Ailanthus altissima sapling on Nantucket (off the coast of Massachusetts).

  She can find no confirmation as to whether this moth is alien or native. Do any of you know? Ailanthus altissima is Asian in origin, and such information as she has found so far makes no mention of any other (native) hostplant. 


  William A. Woods Jr.
  Department of Biology
  University of Massachusetts Boston
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  Boston, MA 02125

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